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elbanditoroso's avatar

What is the etymological connection between 'sham' pillow covering and 'sham' fake or fraud?

Asked by elbanditoroso (33307points) 2 weeks ago
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Is there a connection?

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Demosthenes's avatar

Yes, they are etymologically connected. The word sham seems to derive from an English dialectical variant of shame. The meaning “pillow covering”, which came later, is related to the meaning of sham as something meant to look like something else, a false front, a facade.

Zaku's avatar

The pillow sham keeps you from seeing the shameful REAL pillow!

canidmajor's avatar

Kinda concerned now. Is shampoo just a poor substitute for real poo?

janbb's avatar

What about champagne – is it really sham pain?

Strauss's avatar

And then there’s sham rock! Not to be confused with the real thing!

canidmajor's avatar

@Strauss I think they use really big, styrofoam sham rocks as boulders in old Star Trek episodes.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Shama Lama Ding Dong was a fake 1960s song created for the movie Animal House.

Rama Lama Ding Dong was an actual hit by The Edsels in 1961.

janbb's avatar

Is “shambling” a term for a slow kind of walk or is it fake jewelry??

janbb's avatar

^^ What happened there? It was a good quip but not that good! Sorry.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Shamoo? The orca?

canidmajor's avatar

^^^ But who is the real Ooo?

janbb's avatar

OO – that’s a hard one!

Dutchess_III's avatar

SHAMU! Is how it’s spelled.

Ooo child things are gonna get easier

janbb's avatar

Isn’t Sham U the name of Trump’s University?

gondwanalon's avatar

How come no one mentioned the Shamwow guy? Now that is a read sham. HA!

canidmajor's avatar

Yeah, nobody wants a fake wow.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Stop laughing! There is no laughing in General!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Shambles. To describe a trump presidency.

Blackwater_Park's avatar

Sham WOW!

snowberry's avatar

Apparently “shambles” has its own etymology.

Strauss's avatar

Sham general?

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